No Cheese (and Dairy).

If you’ve been following along at home, you know that I’ve been making a concerted effort since the summer to be more vegetarian and to eat less meat. Well, this month I’ve decided to take an additional step and to cut dairy out of the regular rotation. So, for the month of April I’m going dairy-free.

I know what you are thinking. Why would you want to do that? I know, man. I know. I love cheese. I love it in sandwiches, like the classic, the grilled cheese. I love it on pasta, like in Mac and cheese. I love it on nachos. I love it on crackers. I can eat whole blocks of it by myself. And, that is kind of the problem. I eat cheese to celebrate. I eat cheese to console myself. I put it on other things to zing up the flavor. I think when you eat a food that is calorically dense, that requires the possibly inhumane treatment of another animal, and that has been linked to various health problems that you should really, really want it and that you probably shouldn’t just use it to zip things up. And, obviously by ‘impersonal you’ in the previous sentence, I mean me.

I don’t want to be preachy, and it is not as if I’ll never eat cheese again. It is just more that I’d like to eat less of it. I’d like to really savor it when I do have it. I’d like to have other go-to foods that are less problematic from an ethical and health standpoint so that when I do eat cheese I can make a solid, reasoned, and well-informed decision to do so. And, in order to facilitate getting dairy-free foods into the rotation I’m going for a month with nothing but dairy-free foods. So, hang out to your hats, kiddos. It is going to be a month of dairy-free foodie goodness.

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